I am frustrated and need an objective opinion. I went to a dentist because I wanted my lower teeth to match my uppers that had porcelain veneers placed on them a couple of years ago. The upper veneers were an A2. My dentist placed 8 veneers on the lower teeth. The first set was obviously too white and I asked him to send them back and make sure they match the uppers. When the second set came in, he placed them without me getting to look at them. I thought he was just putting them on with temporary stuff the way he did the first time, but he just bonded them on. He said he did that because he knew they were the right color this time. They still do not match. They’re still whiter than the upper teeth which is very noticeable to me and makes the top teeth less attractive. To top it off, less than a month later, one of them broke off. He said he’s willing to replace them free of charge for the first year. I’m having doubts about this whole thing. What do I do?
I’m glad you wrote. Your dentist placing these porcelain veneers without your permission puts him in some trouble. Consent is a very important concept in both the medical and dental fields. You did not give yours, therefore he should not have placed them. He said he “knew” they matched. That obviously wasn’t the case. It sounds like he knew they didn’t match and didn’t want to have to send them back again.
It’s one thing if your upper teeth are whiter than your lowers, but the opposite is unacceptable. Additionally, one of them broke already. They don’t break because they’re not strong enough. They break because the dentist does not bond them on properly.
I’m wondering why your dentist didn’t just suggest whitening your lower teeth, instead of placing eight expensive veneers. Teeth whitening is the standard for lower teeth unless there is some structural changes you want.
Go to your dentist and ask for a refund so you can get this done properly. If he fusses, let him know you’ll be talking to the dental board and an attorney if necessary about him bonding them on without consent. That should sober him up a bit.
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